Saturday, July 31, 2010

British Chess Championship 2010

The British 2010 championships began on 26th July (Monday) at Canterbury, Kent. It is organized by English Chess Federation and concludes on August 7th.

More than 800 players are participating in various categories. The Senior group has top seed Mickey Adams (FIDE 2706) with 77 other strong players in this 7 round tournament.

After 4 rounds, Adams leads the table with 4 points. The games are transmitted live on the Internet, starting at 6.45 PM India time.

Click here for the official website for this championship

Check the below game in which Adams crushed Eames.
WHITE: Robert Eames (2287)
BLACK: Michael Adams (2706)
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Bc4 d5 4.Bxd5 Nf6 5.Nf3 Nxd5 6.exd5 Qxd5 7.Nc3 Qf5 8.0-0 Nc6 9.d4 Be6 10.Ne2 g5 11.b3 0-0-0 12.Bb2 Bg7 13.c4 g4 14.Ne1 f3 15.gxf3 Rhg8 16.f4 g3 17.Nf3 gxh2+ 18.Kh1 Bf6 19.Qd2 Qg4 20.Rf2 Bf5 21.Qe3 Nb4

Click here for live webcast of the games
Click here to view the latest standings
and pairings

Friday, July 23, 2010

World Correspondence Chess Championship

Aleksandr Dronov of Russia won the 22nd World Correspondence Chess Championship organzied by ICCF.

17 players participated in the all-play-all Final in which 2 players (Aleksandr and Jurgen Bucker of Germany) scored the highest of 11.5 points. Aleksandr got first place by better SB tiebreak score. The tournament was organized on the ICCF Webserver with a time control of 10 moves in 50 days. The event started on 31st December 2007 and took a little more than 2 years to complete.

Click here to see the cross-table
Click here to download all the games in PGN

Sunday, July 18, 2010

How to Practise Chess

Chess practise is very important for improvement of your game. But, it is not so easy to find a good forum for regular practise.

Below are a few possibilities.

1. Join a Chess Club
This would be the best option. Practise with other players; if chess clock is also available, it would be great. After the game, analyse the game for a few minutes with the opponent.

2. Play through Grandmaster games
Grandmaster games are the easiest way to practise chess. If the games have explanatory analysis, it would be very instructive. Each master has his typical style and games by the greatest players should be studied closely.

3. Online Playing
There are several websites where one can play with other users who would have logged in. Some of the better sites in my knowledge are below:

[a] ICC (Internet Chess Club) - one of the best sites for online chess. You have to download the client software called Dasher (latest version here) through which the user can login to the ICC server. However the free trial is only for 30 days after which, serious users can pay the subscription for continued usage.

[b] Chess Cube - an excellent user interface; which however take a while to load due to Flash being used in the site. Also users who do not have the Flash components may need to install these from the Adobe website. Registration is free but you need to confirm the email. You can continue playing for free, but subscription will give you lot more features.

[c] Chess Here - a good site which requires free registration. Online playing for free is restricted to limited number of games.

[d] Gameknot - a good site which offers both online as well as turn-based chess. Registration (free) is required to login.

4. Turn-based chess
A good option for players who are not able to devote long hours to real time practise is turn-based chess. Here you have a certain number of days for each move. You can start several concurrent games at the same time and make your move when you are logged in. Even if you logout, your moves are saved, which your opponent can respond to, when he logs in. Some of the better sites are:

[a] Chessworld - one of the best sites with rich functionalities. Registration is free, however there are lot of restrictions on free usage. Subscription will unlock the full features.

[b] RedHotPawn - another very good site with several innovative features like leagues and clans. It also has a Blitz microsite to play online chess. Registration is free, again, there are restrictions on free usage. Subscription will unlock the full features.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Matthew Sadler

Matthew Sadler is one of the strongest Grandmasters from England.

Though he took up chess relatively late in life, he quickly proved his brilliance. His first best result was winning the British championship at the age of 21; thereafter he regularly figured among the top results in British and World Chess events.

He was also a successful writer and authored several famous books and magazine articles. His book 'Queens Gambit declined' won the Book of the Year award from British Chess Federation.

Matthew quit professional chess and opted for an IT career in Holland. After quite a gap, he again returned to chess this year to play in the Rapid tournament where he won with 7/7 over other prominent grandmasters.

Earlier this month, he won the ROC Nova College weekend tournament at Haarlem in Holland with a score of 5/6.

Click here for a report on the ROC Nova College tournament

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Date of Birth of Top 10 Greatest Chess Masters

Below are the Birthdays of the Top 10 Greatest Chess Masters.

Bobby Fischer: 9 March 1943
Garry Kasparov: 13 April 1963
Wilhelm Steinitz: 17 May 1836
Anatoly Karpov: 23 May 1951
Paul Morphy: 22 June 1837
Mikhail Botvinnik: 17 August 1911
Alexander Alekhine: 31 October 1892
Jose Capablanca: 19 November 1888
Vishy Anand: 11 December 1969
Emanuel Lasker: 24 December 1868

For my list of Top 10 Greatest Chess Masters, Click Here

July 2010 FIDE Ratings

The latest FIDE Rating list has been released.

Magnus Carlsen continues to be the top rated player in the world; in fact his lead over the second placed Veselin Topalov has increased.

With the help of his comprehensive victory in Medias, Magnus's position as the No. 1 player has only been strengthened. Also, Topalov losing to Anand has lost some points for him and Anand has now moved into third position.

Magnus Carlsen: 2826
Veselin Topalov: 2803
Vishy Anand: 2800

It is significant to see these 3 players with rating of 2800 and above. After Anand, the next highest rated Indian players ares Krishnan Sasikiran with 2679 and Surya Shekar Ganguly with 2655. The highest rated Indian woman player continues to be Koneru Humpy with 2600.

Note: There are 5578 FIDE rated Indian players!

FIDE Top Players lists
Top 100 Indian Players